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SoftBank faces a $130bn question: Is the worst over?

Conglomerate's 'valuation discount' is wider than ever ahead of expected Q2 loss

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son will present the company's second-quarter earnings on Wednesday, after the group has had to face a series of problems among its more high-profile investments, particularly WeWork.

TOKYO -- Last week, Masayoshi Son addressed a nearly empty room at a conference in Saudi Arabia. By contrast, when the CEO of SoftBank Group presents his company's earnings in Tokyo this week he will face a barrage of questions. One may even be: Was it all worth it?

It was almost exactly a year ago that Son floated SoftBank's mobile unit in Japan's biggest-ever stock market listing. Son used the placement, which raised 2.6 trillion yen ($23 billion), to pay down debt, buy back shares -- and fund high-tech bets by his Saudi Arabia-backed $100 billion Vision Fund.

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